Reproduction number increased to 1.40
The virus spreads further in the Netherlands. The reproduction number R shows how many other people on average infect one person with the new coronavirus. The reproduction number is 1.40. This means that 100 people infected with the new coronavirus together infect 140 other people. Although the number is slightly higher than the 1.29 reported last week, the upper bandwidth limit hardly changes. This indicates that the situation has changed little in a week’s time, ‘says the RIVM
There are regional differences in the number of reports. This is also visible in the total number of tests taken in the test streets per 100,000 inhabitants and the percentage of positive tests per region. In South Holland and North Holland in particular, there has been an increase in the number of reports. The number of infections in the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Flevoland remains stable at low levels. In addition to an increase in the number of infections, there is also a shift in age structure. In recent weeks, RIVM has seen a stronger increase in younger age groups than in the elderly.
More tested, percentage of positive tests stable
Between July 20 and July 26, 111,764 people had themselves tested at the test locations of the GGD Municipal Health Service. That is 22,878 more tests than the week before, when 88,886 tests were taken. The percentage of people with a positive test remained the same at 1.0%.
Number of contamination clusters is increasing
Across the country, the number of local clusters of three or more related contaminations is increasing. There are currently 133 active COVID-19 clusters in the Netherlands. The average size of these clusters is 5.9 persons (range 3-30). Most infections can still be found in the home situation. The number of contamination clusters resulting from contact with other family, friends, parties, at work or through other leisure activities is increasing.
Source and contact research
The results of the source and contact research are known up to and including week 29 (6 July to 19 July). Among the close contacts identified at week 29, 354 COVID-19 infections were identified (10.9%). The part of the contacts that was infected differed between housemates and other close contacts. In 17.9% of the housemates found that they were infected with the coronavirus. Of the other close contacts, 6.8% was infected.
Measures remain important: 1.5 meters and stay home in case of complaints
To prevent further spread of the virus, it is important that people adhere to the measures. Keep your distance and stay home and test at complaints. Washing hands, sneezing and coughing in the elbow and using paper tissues.